Game of Thrones
Ser Barriston Selmy, is number 64 on our countdown to season 4 of Game of Thrones. Barriston the Bold was the Lord Commander of the King’s Guard, and he served faithfully, from the age of 23, to both Targaryen and Baratheon Kings.
Barriston was knighted by King Aegon V at the age of 16, and he quickly grew to be known as the greatest knight in the kingdom. Barriston also made a name for himself in many wars, battles, and rebellions. In the War of the Ninepenny Kings, Ser Barriston cut a bloody swath through the mercenary army of the Golden Company, to do battle with, and kill Maelys Blackfyre, also known as Maelys the Monstrous.
When King Robert Baratheon was slain in a hunting accident, Queen regent Cersei Lannister convinced her son, King Joffrey, to force Ser Barriston into retirement, even though appointments to the King’s Guard are for life. Barriston took offense to this, and threw his armor and sword at Joffrey’s feet, telling him to melt his sword down and add it to the others (Meaning the other swords that comprise the Iron Throne).
In Season 3, Ser Barriston appears to Daenerys Targaryen and saves her life from an assassination attempt. Daenerys appoints him to her Queen’s Guard and begins to turn to him for advice, which visibly troubles Ser Jorah Mormont.
Where do you think Ser Barriston’s story will go in season 4? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, tell me who you would like to see as the next Countdown Character.